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The role of food availability in regulating reproductive development in female golden perch

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Collins, A. L. and Anderson, T.A. (1999) The role of food availability in regulating reproductive development in female golden perch. Journal of Fish Biology, 55 (1). pp. 94-104. ISSN 0022-1112

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.1999.tb00659.x


At a time of the year when female golden perch Macquaria ambigua are not normally reproductively active, they were either fed daily to satiety (Fed), starved for 150 days (S150), or starved for 150 days then fed to satiety for 30 or 60 days (S150/F30 or S150/F60). Fish showed rapid growth and increased food conversion efficiency upon re-feeding relative to Fed animals. The hepatosomatic indices were not significantly different between Fed, S150/F30 and S150/F60 groups, but were significantly reduced in S150 animals. The gonadosomatic indices (IG) for both Fed and S150 animals were not significantly different. However, the IG values for S150/F30 and S150/F60 animals of 6·74±1·22 and 7·84±1·12 were significantly elevated relative to Fed animals and approach those described for wild mature M. ambigua. Oocyte development in Fed and S150 animals did not proceed past the cortical alveoli or perinucleolar stages, respectively, but oocytes in both S150/F30 and S150/F60 animals had undergone vitellogenesis and were close to being mature. The concentration of oestradiol and testosterone in the plasma of S150/F30 and S150/F60 animals increased in accordance with the proposed role of these hormones in teleost reproductive cycles. The reproductive response of M. ambigua to starvation and re-feeding is well suited to reproductive success in temperate Australian rivers where food availability is unpredictable.

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Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Aquaculture > Fish culture
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Aquaculture > Feeding
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